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4-H Newsletter - Tishomingo County

County Contests

Just a reminder to everyone that it's time to sign up for County Contests. Any 4-H member may participate. You MUST participate in at least one county contest (not including poster contests or the photography exhibit contest) in order to participate in Project Achievement Day or State 4-H Congress. We will also have contests that 5-7 year olds may participate in at the county level; however, these individuals are not eligible to to participate in Project Achievement Day due to their age. You may compete in a maximum of THREE county contests; however, you must let us know by March 31 so that we can prepare. These three contests do not include the Photography Exhibit contest, Poster Art contest, or Dairy Poster contest. You are welcome to email us at tishomin@ext.msstate.edu or to call our office to let us know which contests you plan to participate in. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 423-7016. A list of available contests is included in this newsletter. 

For more information on specific contests please visit: https://extension.msstate.edu/sites/default/files/pdf//project_handbook2019.pdf
Click on the 4-H Project Awards and Recognition Handbook-2019.

Text Notification Reminders

To sign up to receive reminders about upcoming events, text @tishco4-h (in the message area) to 81010 (in the recipient box).

Northeast S.A.F.E.T.Y. Invitational

The Northeast S.A.F.E.T.Y. Invitational will be Saturday, March 21, at CRSSA Range in Glen. Equipment safety checks begin at 7:30 AM. The following disciplines will be offered: .22 pistol, .22 rifle, air pistol, air rifle, archery, and shotgun. Youth may choose two disciplines to participate in. There is an $8.00 fee for each discipline.

Other Upcoming 4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y. Program Competition Dates:

  • Lowndes County Invitational – Saturday, March 28 – Columbus, MS

  • NE District Competition – Saturday, April 25 – West Point & Starkville, MS

  • State Invitational – Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18 – West Point & Starkville, MS

S.A.F.E.T.Y. Practices

Please check with the instructors and/or check the Tishomingo County 4-H Facebook page for updates about practice. Practice times will also be sent out via Remind text messages.

Scholarships

Anyone interested in applying for scholarships may now do so. All of the 4-H Scholarship applications may be found online on the MSU Extension website. The link for the scholarships forms is: http://extension.msstate.edu/scholarships- for-4-h.

Each scholarship has its own requirements, so be sure to check the requirements for each one. An application must be submitted for each different scholarship and all applications MUST BE TYPED! There must be three copies of each ap- plication and one copy of the official transcript. All applications are due in our office NO LATER than 5:00 PM on March 20.

MORE SCHOLARSHIPS

The Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers also offer the Marilynn Purdie Endowment Scholarship, the Mississippi Home- maker Volunteer Endowment Scholarship, and the Powell-Gray 4-H Scholarship. Each of these scholarships also have distinct qualifications and guidelines that are different for each one. Please contact our office for the applications. The deadline for these applications to be returned to our office is NO LATER than 5:00 PM on March 20.

Dixie National

The Dixie National Junior Round-Up Livestock Show was held in Jackson, Mississippi at the Mississippi State Fair- grounds January 30—February 6. Dairy goats, dairy cattle, beef cattle, market goats, market lambs, market steers, and market hogs were all exhibited at each show. From Tishomingo County, Charli-Beth Sheffield, Noah Sheffield, Hayden Taylor, Bryson Taylor, Bryson Knauer, Claire-Mann Taylor, Cela-Cathryn Taylor, and Ty Nunley participated in the beef cattle show. Congratulations to all of the participants!

Mississippi 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Annual Conference

The Mississippi 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Annual Conference was held February 21 – 22 in the Bost Extension Confer- ence Center at Mississippi State University. The theme this year was "4-H It’s What We Do”. From Tishomingo County, Ms. Chris Holland attended the conference. We appreciate Ms. Chris for representing our county!

2020 State 4-H Congress

If you were ages 14-18 as of January 1 of this year, you are eligible to participate at State 4-H Congress, where members will participate in contests at the state level. Along with contests, there are workshops, assemblies, and a dance. This event will be held May 27-29 at the MSU Campus. Participants will stay in a hotel near campus, and Mr. Zach and Mrs. Emily will be chaperones. All fees to participate are paid by the county. You must compete in a county contest to be eligible to attend. If you are interested in attending, please let our office know so we can have a rough estimate of how many will be going. Registration will open on April 1 and close on May 1. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. This is a fun event, and we hope you will consider going!

Upcoming Events

  • Leadership Class: The Leadership Class for senior 4-H members (ages 14-18 as of January 1 of current year) will be on Monday, March 2 at 4 PM at the Extension Office.
  • Craft Club: The Craft Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 4 PM at the Extension Office.
  • Cooking Club: Our next Cooking Club meeting will be on Monday, March 9 at 4 PM at the Extension Office.
  • Dog Club: The Dog Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30 PM at Blue Springs Park Community Building in Belmont.
  • Cloverbud Club: The Cloverbud Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 18 at 4 PM at the Extension Office.
  • Sewing Club: Our next Sewing Club meeting will be on Monday, March 23 at 3:30 PM at the Extension Office.
  • Remaining Winter Classic Shows
    • March 7- Pontotoc County Agricenter
    • March 21- Union County Arena 

Poultry Chain

It is once again time to begin preparing for our 2020 4-H Poultry Chain Project. To participate in the poultry chain project, youth will need to be 4-H members between the ages of 5-18 and have the ability to care for his/her chickens. For this project we will order 25 baby chicks for each individual who is signed up to participate. You must come pick up your baby chicks on the day they arrive. You will raise and care for these chicks over a span of six months and then bring 10 of the pullets to the county fair to be exhibited, judged, and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The mon- ey raised from the auction will cover the cost of the chicks ordered for this year as well as help fund the chicks to be purchased next year. The remaining pullets that you raise are yours to keep! This is an excellent learning project as well as a project that families can enjoy together. The deadline to sign up is Monday, March 16. The breeds that will be available this year are Rhode Island Red, Cinnamon Queen, Barred Rock, and Black Laced Golden Wyandotte. If you have any ques- tions, please call our office at 423-7016.

March Calendar

  • March 2: Senior 4-H Leadership Class at 4:00 p.m. @ Extension Office 
  • March 4: Craft Club at 4:00 p.m. @ Extension Office 
  • March 7: Winter Classic @ Pontotoc
  • March 9: Cooking Club at 4:00 p.m. @ Extension Office
  • March 10: Dog Club at 4:00 p.m. @ Blue Springs Park
  • March 16: Deadline to sign up for the Poultry Chain
  • March 18: Cloverbud Club at 4:00 p.m.@ Extension Office
  • March 21: Northeast S.A.F.E.T.Y. Invitational @ Glen; Winter Classic @ Union County
  • March 23: Sewing Club at 3:30 p.m. @ Extension Office
  • March 28: Lowndes County Invitational 

Lists of Contests for County, Project Achievement Day and Club Congress 

  • Contests for Ages 5-7

    • Poster Contest

    • Photography Contest

    • Dairy Poster

  • Contests for Ages 8 and 9

    • Poster Contest

    • Dairy Poster

    • Cloverleaf Exhibits

    • Photography Contest

  • Contests for Ages 10-13

    • Dairy Poster

    • Poster Art 

    • Photography Exhibits

    • Insect Collection 

    • Public Speaking I & II 

    • Bicycle Contest

    • Share the Fun (Talent Contest) 

    • Child Development

    • Clothing Construction 

    • Clothing Selection

    • Consumer Judging 

    • Dairy Products Judging 

    • Electric Judging 

    • Photography Judging

    • Food and Nutrition 

    • Forestry Judging 

    • Interior Design 

    • Horticulture

    • Insect ID

    • Poultry Judging 

    • Robotics

    • Seed ID and Quality 

    • Wildlife Judging 

  • Visual Presentations Ages 10-13

    • Beef, Sheep, Swine, & Meat Goat

    • Child Development

    • Clothing

    • Computer

    • Conservation (includes Forestry, Wildlife, Conservation of Soil and Water)

    • Consumer Education

    • Dairy Animal/ Dairy Foods

    • Engineering (Bicycle, Petroleum Power, Safety, & Electric) Entomology

    • Food Nutrition

    • Gardening and Horticulture

    • Health

    • Other Projects

    • Personal Development

    • Photography

    • Plant and Soil Science

    • Veterinary Science & Pet Care

  • Contests for Ages 14-18 

    • Dairy Poster 

    • Poster Art

    • Photography Exhibits 

    • Insect Collection

    • Public Speaking I & II Bicycle Contest

    • Share the Fun (Talent Contest) 

    • Automotive Driving

    • Career Pursuit

    • Child Development 

    • Citizenship Bowl

    • Clothing Construction 

    • Clothing Selection

    • Compact Tractor

    • Computer

    • Consumer Judging

    • Dairy Bowl (Team Only) Dairy Products Judging Forestry Judging

    • Mississippi Cookout

    • Interior Design 

    • Horticulture Judging

    • Insect ID

    • Livestock Bowl

    • Meats Judging

    • Nutrition Extreme Photography

    • Poultry Judging 

    • Poultry/Egg Preparation

    • PowerPoint Presentation 

    • Robotics

    • Small Engines

    • Seed ID and Quality 

    • Tractor Driving 

    • Welding 

  • Visual Presentations for Ages 14-18 

    • Beef

    • Sheep, Swine, & Meat Goat

    • Clothing

    • Conservation (Forestry, Wildlife, Soil & Water Conservation)

    • Consumer Education

    • Dairy Animal/ Dairy Foods

    • Engineering (Bicycle, Petroleum Power, Safety, & Electric)

    • Entomology

    • Food and Nutrition

    • Gardening and Horticulture

    • Heath

    • Other Projects

    • Personal Development

    • Plant and Soil Science

    • Photography 

 

  • NOTE
    • If the contest says TRACK beside it then it is an all-day contest at Club Congress.
    • Also, if you have any questions about this information, would like to know more about a contest, or if you would like study information pertaining to a contest earlier, please just let us know!
    • Please remember the March 31 deadline to get your list of contests to us.

 

CONTACT INFO:
Zach Yow, gzy1@msstate.edu
Emily Cox, ehc28@msstate.edu
238 Kaki Street
Iuka, MS 38852
(662) 423-7016
tishomin@ext.msstate.edu

Please be sure to read your newsletters and let us know which activities you plan to participate in.

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Contacts

Portrait of Mr. George Zachary Yow
Extension Agent I*
Portrait of Ms. Emily Hope Vestal
Extension Agent II